Congratulate Someone on Winning an Award or Receiving a Scholarship or Other Honor • Letter Templates and Guides

How to write this letter:

1Start with a direct statement of congratulations, specifically identifying the celebrated event.
2Acknowledge such things as the effort, dedication, energy, sacrifice, or skill necessary for the achievement.
3Express good wishes for future successes.


When congratulating a friend, employee, family member, or associate on winning an honor or scholarship, express only the most sincere sentiments. You should not be excessively effusive in your praise, since such language is usually considered phony, nor should you overstep the bounds of decorum by using more familiar language than your relationship warrants.

Example Letter #1


Congratulations on winning the Employee of the Year Award. I am happy that someone from my department won, and I am even happier that it was you. The award appropriately reflects the endless hours you have spent securing tough accounts and negotiating contracts, not the least of which was the Doe account.

On behalf of our team and the company as a whole, I wish you unlimited success in the future.

Example Letter #2


I just learned of the four-year scholarship you received from Doe University. Congratulations!

Your grandmother and I have watched you struggle with balancing your part-time job and your studies and have triumphed with you as you maintained that 3.9 grade point average. We know you will enjoy your advanced studies. We're so proud!

Please accept this gift with our best wishes for your bright future.

Example Letter #3


Wow! Congratulations on receiving Springfield's Father of the Year Award. What an accomplishment!

My first child just reached fifteen, so I have deep admiration for the patience and caring you showed each of your five children as they grew to adulthood. No one deserves this award more than you. You are a great example to the rest of us who sometimes struggle to keep our families close in this challenging world.

May your children also have this kind of success in parenting because of the wonderful example you have set for them.

Example Letter #4


Congratulations on being awarded the Doe Fellowship an unprecedented third time! This leaves no doubt that you are the best we have here in Springfield. No one is more deserving.

I hope this small gift will make your research more comfortable.

I look forward to seeing the results of your work. I wish you the every success.